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Slippery road conditions possible for Tuesday morning commute

As the area may see its first bit of snow this fall, the State Highway Administration is reminding drivers that conditions may be slippery early Tuesday morning into rush hour, according to an SHA news release.

The forecast rain may change to snow overnight, and while the air temperatures may not be freezing, pavement temperatures could still drop, making for a slippery commute Tuesday. If the rain turns to snow, SHA crews will apply salt to the roads, according to the release. Since rain is expected beforehand, SHA cannot salt the roads in advance.

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Bridges, ramps and overpasses typically freeze before other roads, so drivers should exercise caution when driving on such structures, the release states.

"This early in the season, most of us are not expecting to encounter icy conditions while driving," SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in the release. "The best way to be prepared is to slow down and use caution."

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Websites such as

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, and call centers such as 511 (or 1-855-GOMD511 outside the region) can provide updates on travel and weather. More information is available at

and at the Twitter handle @MDSHA.

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